The U.S Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, hosts the 9th Annual Urban Soccer Symposium presented by Soccer Shots. The Symposium hosts urban soccer programmers and speakers from across the nation who are dedicated to improving the field of sports-based youth development. Featuring four days of interactive workshops focused on maximizing organizations’ impact in the community, the Symposium also includes Capitol Hill Day, in which attendees go on Capitol Hill to meet with government officials to discuss how soccer is positively impacting children in their communities. Support for this Symposium was provided in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In addition to the workshops, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) have teamed up to offer a unique opportunity to earn an Urban Soccer Coaching Diploma during the Symposium. Featuring instructors from both the soccer and youth development communities, this course will provide candidates with the tools to coach in an urban environment, utilizing the latest sports-based youth development and psychology best practices.
Panel topics include, Sports as a Platform for Preventing Violence, The New York Red Bulls Approach to Development and Session Structure for Urban Settings, and Soccer as Community Change.
The conference will close on Sunday, April 19th with a keynote address by USWNT Member Ali Krieger.
Panelists and Guest Speakers will include:
- Ali Krieger – Current USWNT Member
- David Gil Chapado – Real Madrid Foundation
- Mary McVeigh – Executive Director, Soccer without Borders
- Melissa Reddick – Director, FC Dallas Foundation
- Paul Jeffries – Director of Community Development, New York City FC
Thursday April 16th through Sunday, April 19th
Full schedule here
Washington Marriott – Georgetown
1221 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037
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For additional information, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $100 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
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